The Home-School Connection

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There is a good deal of conversation locally about levies and bond elections to make more money available to public schools. Radio and TV ads bemoan Idaho’s standing as “last” in money expended per student, suggesting that this is an accurate indicator of the value of that education. Perhaps it is worthwhile considering another predictor or education value—parental involvement.

A number of years ago a friend and I were discussing a school levy where we lived in coastal California. He considered ...

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What Happened to Robin Williams?

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Many of us woke last Tuesday morning to the disturbing news that comedian Robin Williams had taken his life in the throes of depression. Before the day was over members of the media and of this community were trying to make sense out of what we would consider a senseless act.

I was approached by several people, genuinely concerned about the implications of this news for their own well-being, and for those they love. “If anyone as funny as Robin Williams ...

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Heaven Right Here on Earth

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Ruth and I had been relishing in our first empty-nest experience for the past few months. This past weekend the nest was anything but empty.

For the first time in six years all of our children and grandchildren were together. Just a couple of years ago the five “kids” were spread between Rexburg, Denver, St. Louis, Anchorage and London, and it appeared that they might just continue to drift further apart. Skype was the primary means of keeping contact with our ...

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